Ronnie Lee Gardner – 18 June 2010

After a 25-year stretch on Utah’s death row Ronnie Lee Gardner faced a deadly firing squad this morning.

Following his final appeal in April, Gardner politely bit the bullet and elected to die by the very weapon he used as a young man.

For Gardner was condemned to die for killing a lawyer, after a gun battle ensued when the convict tried to escape from a Utah courthouse.

Michael Burdell was shot through his right eye as Gardner staged an audacious bid to escape during his original trial – also for murder.  

Poignantly the victim’s niece, Donna Taylor said “Mike was totally against the death penalty. He would not have wanted this; he would have said this doesn’t do any good”.

As for Gardner, words were the last thing on his mind as he refused the offer of a parting speech. 

He was shot at 12:15am in Utah, aged 49 in Salt Lake City.

One Response to “Ronnie Lee Gardner – 18 June 2010”

  1. Nathuram Godse and Assanition of M. Gandhi,
    Nathuram Godse was not a killer in the conventional terms. Mr. Godse performed the act with full knowlege of the reasoning. He was a madman as some people described. He was a very talented person although not educated in the conventional terms. He was a firm believer that M. Gandhi was reponsible for the partition of India along with Mr, Jinnha. Mahatma Gandhi was not in fact officially involve in the process of the partition of India. Before the actrual partition He said openly stated that His bodyt canbe scraped into piecesbefore the partion. As the history states that itwas a phony statement with the hope tha thte partion canbe avoide butMr. Jinna was determined to have a partition.

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